What does marriage mean? The idea of marriage is often looked at as two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. In actuality marriage is so much more than that. Marriage holds an eternal purpose that is often overlooked and your marriage matters. Here’s why.
Last week during a marriage coaching session I was speaking to a couple about the importance and impact of marriage. It was something I knew in my mind and my heart, but as we were speaking I was gaining even greater revelation about it myself. Isn’t it funny how the Lord works like that sometimes?
Why We Get Married
Marriage is a wonderful part of adulthood when a man and woman get to leave the shelter of their parents and begin their own life together. Hence the scripture, “a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh,” in Genesis 2:24. We have already talked about the fact that becoming one flesh means more than just sex, and you can check that out HERE.
Yes, a man and woman should get married because they love each other, to remove any temptation for premarital sex, to start their own family, or because they cannot see themselves without this person in their life.
But did you know marriage is much more important than that?
The Eternal Scope, The Bigger Picture
When God created humankind he had a greater purpose than just letting us get married and multiply. God created man, male and female, to be bearers of His image.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:26,27
You see God wanted His image to be made known within creation, and He accomplished this with the creation of man and woman.
Now, let’s look at how marriage in itself has an eternal purpose and reflects the image of God.
When God created mankind he created male and female, but Eve was not physically present in her own body. She had to be called out of Adam.
In the New Testament Christ is referred to as the new Adam, and His bride the Ekklesia was called out of Him in the same manner as the first Adam. Adam’s side was pierced and Eve came forth, so with Christ when His side was pierced on the cross His bride the Church came forth.
Just as Eve was in Adam from the beginning, so were we within Christ from the beginning.
…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. – Ephesians 1:4
Your marriage to your spouse is so much more than just “because you love each other.” Your marriage is meant to be a re-presentation of Christ and His bride to the world around you.
Just as being a believer you re-present Christ, your marriage re-presents Christ and His bride. The infinite God can only be witnessed, experienced, and known through the lens of Christ. It is through the incarnate Christ that the expression of the infinite God is made known to the world.
This is why your life, and your marriage matter. You are the expression of the infinite God to the world around you.
Two Is Better Than One
God never intended for man to be alone and solitary. Even God lives within the context of community. He is a triune God surrounded by heavenly hosts.
As a couple you can impact your world exponentially greater than when you are single. Deuteronomy gives us the illustration of one putting a thousand to flight, and two putting ten thousand to flight.
There is an exponential increase in the impact a couple can make in their community and family than when they are alone.
Think for a minute what happens when a couple does get divorced. Who does it affect?
- Their immediate family (kids)
- Their extended family (Parents, Uncles, Cousins, etc)
- The relationship with their friends
- The restaurants and businesses they did commerce with as a couple
- Their coworkers (Think about that. When your marriage is in a tough spot think about how that affects your quality of work and your interaction with your coworkers.)
You are a city on a hill, a light in the darkness, and your marriage matters. One candle can offer a little light, but when two come together with Christ at the head, your light is exponentially greater to your community. So just as a divorce negatively impacts these various relationships, so does a powerful marriage leave a positive impact.
So I challenge you today. Don’t take your marriage lightly. Yes, you are married because you love your spouse, but your marriage holds such a greater eternal purpose than you and I could ever really comprehend.
YOUR. MARRIAGE. MATTERS. Never forget that.
Did you ever realize the eternal importance of your marriage? Let me know your thoughts below.